New York Mayor Bill DeBlasio declared a public health emergency to address the measles “crisis” in Brooklyn’s Williamsburg community, an ultra-Orthodox Jewish neighborhood. The declaration requires all unvaccinated people, including children over 6 months old, who may have been exposed to the virus to get the triple mumps, measles and rubella MMR vaccine, or face a fine of $1000. The New York City Health Department has also issued an order to yeshivas to prohibit unvaccinated students from attending classes or face a fine or even closure of the school.
New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio has ordered residents of a
Brooklyn neighborhood to undergo mandatory vaccinations or pay a fine.
Declaring a public health emergency Tuesday, the mayor insisted the
order was necessary to address the measles “crisis” in Brooklyn’s
Williamsburg community, a neighborhood of more than 250 ultra-Orthodox
“The declaration requires all unvaccinated people who may have been
exposed to the virus to get the vaccine, including children over 6
months old,” reports the Associated Press.
The order affects people residing, going to school or working within four ZIP codes: 11205, 11206, 11221 and 11237.
De Blasio said anyone in these areas must receive the measles vaccine or get fined up to $1,000.
“We have a very dangerous situation on our hands,” de Blasio stated. “We cannot allow this dangerous disease to make a comeback here in New York City. We have to stop it now.”
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